The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King
The Hobbit is a prelude to the Lord of the Rings. It is a must read if you want to completely understand certain parts of the Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit is about a hobbit named Bilbo. One day Gandalf the wizard comes to his doorstep and asks him to go on an adventure with him and the dwarves. Now hobbits are quite, simple people who enjoy smoking by the fire in their hobbit holes. Bilbo was very hesitent at first, but when he gets bombarded by the dwarves who just decide to show up at his house, he decides to go on the adventure.
The Dwarves purpose of the adventure was to recover the treasures that the evil dragon Smaug stole. Bilbo and the Dwarves run into a lot of trouble on the way. They first had to battle the trolls, flew from wolves and then they had to escape from the goblin cave. At this point of the adventure, Gandalf leaves the group to attend to other buisness. While on the adventure, Bilbo finds a magical ring. This ring belonged to a creature named Gollum. While exploring the cave, Bilbo comes across the ring and places it in his pocket. As he walks on, he runs into Gollum. He plays a riddle game and "wins the ring". He uses the ring to escape. He also uses it to help his friends escape from giant spiders and the elven-king.
Eventually, the group finds the magic door to the draon cave and in their attempt to steal gold, Smaug the Dragon gets angry. He leaves the mountain to the village. Bard, a very brave man of the village killed the dragon. When the village people and the Elves found out what Bilbo and the Dwarves were up to, they wanted the treasure that Smaug stole from them. The only problem was that the Thorin, The Dwarf king was very greedy, and would not share. Bilbo ended up bargining a prescious jewel with the Elves so that war between the elves and the Dwarves would not brake out. Unffortunatly, the goblins found out about Smaugs death too and wanted to steal the gold. In the end a War broke out between the Elves, men, and Dwarves and the goblins. The Elves, men and Dwarves eventually with the help of the eagles, won. Thorin died, but otherwise, all ended well, not to mention the little hobbit ended up carring a chest full of treasure back to his hobbit hole. Ever since Bilbo's adventure, he was thought of as mad and crazy. You must understand, Bilbo was an unusual hobbit because he went on an adventure, and because of this he was not thought of too highly by the rest of the hobbits. Gandalf was also known from then on as the crazy wizard who stired up trouble and not to mention had great fire works.
The Hobbit is a delightful book. It is a must read for those planning to read the Lord of the Rings, although the Lord of the Rings is a much more complicated series that is directed more twards adults, unlike the Hobbit.
The Lord of the Rings
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Fellowship of the Ring is the first book in the Trilogy. This synopsis is taken from the actual book (the new revised version). The Fellowship of the Ring told how Gandalf the Grey discovered that the ring possessed by Frodo the Hobbit was in fact the One Ring, ruler of all the Rings of Power. It recounted the flight of Frodo and his companions from the quiet Shire of their home, pursude by the terror of the Black Riders of Mordor, until at last with the aid of Aragorn the Ranger of Eriador, they came through desperate perils to the House of Elrond in Rivendell.
There was held the great Council of Elrond, at which it was decided to attempt the destruction of the Ring, and Frodo ws appointed the Ring-bearer. The Companions of the Ring were then chosen, who were to aid him in his quest: to come if he could to the Mountain of Fire in Mordor, the land of the Enemy himsel, where alone the Ring could be unmade. In this fellowship were Aragorn, and Boromir son of the Lord of Gondor, representing Men; Legolas son of the Elven-King of Mirkwood, for the Elves; Gimli son of Gloin of the Lonely Mountain, for the Dwarves; Frodo with his servant Samwise, and his two young kinsmen Meriadoc and Peregrin, for the Hobbits; and Gandalf the Grey.
The Companions journeyed in secret far from Rivendell in the North, until baffled in their attempt to cross the high pass of Caradhras in the winter, they were led by Gandalf through the hidden gate end entered the vast Mines of Moria, seeking a way bebeath the mountains. There Gandalf, in battle with a dreadful spirit of the underworld, fell into a dark abyss. But Aragorn, now revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, led the company on from the East Gate of Moria, through the Elvish land of Lorien, and down the Great River Anduin, until they came to the Falls of Rauros. Already they had become aware that their journey was watched by spies, and that the creature Gollum, who once had possessed the Ring and stil lusted for it, was following their trial.
It now became neccessary for them to decide weather they should turn east to Mordor; or should go on with Boromir to war; or should divide. When it became clear that the Ringland of the Enemy, Boromir attempted to seize the Ring by force. The first part ended with the fall of Boromir to the lure of the Ring; with the escape and disappearance of Frodo and his servent Samwise; and the scattering of the remainder of the Fellowship by a sudden attack of orc-soldiers, some in the service of the Dark Lord of Mordor, some of the traitor Saruman of Isengard. The Quest of the Ring-bearer seemed already overtaken by disaster.
The Two Towers
The Two Towers is the second book in the trilogy Lord of the Rings. The synopsis is taken from the actual book (the new revised version). The Two Towers recounted the deeds of all the company after the breakin gof the Fellowship of the Ring. Book Three told of the repentance and death of Boromir,and of his funeral in a boat committed to the Falls of Rauros; of the capture of Meriadoc and Peregrin by orc-soldiers, who bore them towards Isengard over the eastern plains of Rohan; and of their pursuit by Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli.
The Riders of Rohan then appeard. A troop of horsemen, led by Eolmer the Marshel, surrounded the orcs on the borders of the Forest of Fangorn, and destroyed them; but the hobbits escaped into the wood and there met Treebeard the Ent, secret master of Fangorn. In his company they witnessed the rousin of the wrath of the Tree-folk and their march on Isengard.
In the meanwhile Aragorn and his compainions met eomer returning from the battle. He provided them with horses, and they rode on to the forest. There while searching in vain for the hobbits, they met Gandalf again, returned from death, now the White Rider, yet veiled still in grey. With him thwy rode over Rohan to the halls of King Theoden of the Mark, where Gandalf healed the aged king and rescued him from the spells of Wormtongue, his evil counsellor, secret ally of Saruman. They rode then with the king and his host against the forest of Isengard, and took part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Gandalf then led them to Isengard, and they found the great fortress laid in ruins by the Tree-folk, and Saruman and wormtongue besieged in the indomitable tower of Orthanc.
in the parley before the door Saruman refused to repent, and Gandalf deposed him and broke his staff, leaving him to the vigilance of the Ents. From a high window Wormtongue hurled a stone at Gandalf; but it missed him, and was picked up by Peregrin. This proved to be the one of the three survivng palantiri, the Seeing Stones of Numenor. Later at night Peregrin succumbed to the lure of the Stone. The book ended with the coming of the Nazgul over the plains of Rohan, a Ringwraith delivered on a flying steed, presage of imminent war, gandalf delivered the palantir to Aragorn, and taking Peregrin rode away to Minas Tirith.
Bool Four turned to Frodo and Samwise, now lost in the bleak hills of the Emyn Muil. It told how they escaped from the hills, and were overtaken by Smeagol-Gollum; and how Frodo tamed Gollum and almost overcame his makice, so that Gollum led them through the Dead Marshes and the ruined lands to the Morannon, the Black Gat of the Land of Mordor in the North.
There it was impossible to enter and Fordo accepted Gollum's advice in the Mountains of Shadow, the western walls of Mordor. As they journeyed thither they were taken by a scouting-force of the Men of Gondot led by Farimir brother of Boromir. Faramir discovered the nature of their quest, but resisted the temptation to which Boromir had succumbed, and sent them forword on the last stage of their journey to Cirth Ungol, the Spider's Pass; though he warned them that it was a place of mortal peril, of which Gollum had told them less then he knew. Even as they reached the Cross-Roads and took the path to the ghastly city of Minas Morgul, a great darkness issued from Mordor, covering all the lands. Then Sauron sent forth his first army. led by the black King of the Ringwraiths: the War of the Ring had begun.
Gollum guided the hobbits to a secret way that avoided Minas Morgul, and in the darkness they came at last to Cirith Ungol. There Gollum fell back into evil, and attempted to betrey them to the mounstrous guardian of the pass, Shelob. He was frustrated by the heroism of Samwise. Frodo, stung by Shelob, lies dead, as if it seems: the quest must end in disaster, or Samwise must abandon his master. At length he takes the Ring and attempts to carry on the hopeless quest alone. But just as he is about to cross into the land of Mordor, of Cirith Ungol that guards the crown of the pass. Hidden by the Ring Samwise learns from the bickering of the orcs that Frodo is not dead but drugged. Too late he pursues them; but the orcs carry off the bofy of Frodo down a tunnem leading to the rear gate of their tower. Samwise falls in a swoon before it as it closes with a clang.
The Return of the King
The Return of the King is the Final book in the Trilogy. It is also the darkest of all the books. Gandalf, and the men of Mark, procede to help the men of Gondor from attack. They meet with Lord Denethor, father of Farimir and Boromir who was grieving the death of Boromir and worried for Farimir's return. Pippin was also made a servent of Lord Denethor. Merry met up with Aragorn in Isengard. Eomer and Aragorn are ready for war. They must pass through the Paths of the Dead, which was made by those who are dead and would keep it until the time comes. Lady Eowyn begs Aragorn to take her with him, but he denies her plead. Eventually, Eowyn dresses up in armer and goes incognito as a guy to travel with the army. She also takes Merry with her, who was to stay behind and watch Eowyn. Farimir is saved from death of the Nazgul by Gandalf. Denethor is afraid that farimir will die too. Now the riders of Rohan went of to help Gondor in the Battle of the Pelenor Fields. After the Nazgul attack King Theoden, Eowyn revealed herself as a women and fought off the Nazgul. She was injured very badley and would have been killed if not for Merry. Merry ended up killing the Nazgul, but was to injured. Later Eomer found Eowyn and Merry, and took them to the house of healing. Meanwhile, Farimir had been injured and Denethor took him and planned to have Beregond burn them both. Gandalf came to their resucue and took Farimir to the House of Healing. Pippin who was with Gandalf also went to the house of healing. This was the first time that Merry and Pippin were reunited since they went their seperate ways. In the House of Healing, Eowyn was almost dead, but Arogorn came and saved her. Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli and Pippin, and the wo armies procede to the Final stage of the battle. They approch the black Gates of Mordor. It was here that Pippin was stabed and soon fell to the darkness.
Back to Sam and Frodo, Sam managed to rescue Frodo from the orcs, but Frodo was very weak and he burden of the ring was very heavy. When they finaly rach the foot of Mount Doom, Frodo is too weak to climb. Samwise then proceded to carry his master up the mountain. Frodo is beging to feel the power of the ring. They did not know that the creature Gollum was still following them. When They reached the pitts of Mount Doom, Frodo finally gives in to the temptation. He tells Sam that the Ring is his and them he puts it on his finger and disapears. But fate has it's place. Gollum who does not want the Ring to be destroyed, Fights for it with Frodo and bits off one of Frodo's fingers. Gollum won the Ring back, but he stepped too far over the ledge and fell into the firery pitts. The Ring was destryed. Frodo and Sm were then carried away by Gandalf and the Eagles who came to rescue them.
At the end of the war, Farimir and Eowyn fall in love and decide to wed. Aragorn's time finally came, and he soon wed Arwen. Merry and Pippin were made Kingsmen and Frodo was greatly honored by all. When the hobbits returned to the Shire, they found that it was burned to ash and the people were being locked up. Merry and Pippin killed the leader of the menice and they were thought highley of in the Shire from then on. Frodo however was not famouse, in fact, the hobbits of the shire were not concered with his great deed. Every year of the anniversery of Frodo's wounds, he felt a great pain and was horrified, for he could not forget the pain that he went through. In the end, he departed to the Grey Havens, where all the barriers of Rings went when they could not deal with the pain of leaving on Middle- Earth.Back